The Race Face Team Chute jacket will keep you dry on wet, muddy rides, it’s more durable than your average rain jacket, and it won’t cost you a fortune.
The Alpinestars Alps Kevlar is a reasonably priced, middle-of-the-road option between heavy duty plastic knee/shinguards, and lightweight, flexible knee pads.
The Pearl Izumi Veer is a baggy trail short that is comfortable and breathable.
The Forefront is Smith’s first bike helmet, and it’s impressive. It ventilates well, it’s the lightest we’ve tested, and it uses an interesting new construction material.
The Zoic Ether Shorts and Highland Jersey are well designed riding pieces, great for cooler spring conditions.
The POC Crane is a durable, lightweight helmet suitable for your urban / park / freeride / enduro pursuits.
These socks from Swiftwick are designed to be better for the environment, without sacrificing wicking abilities or comfort.
A look at some of the noteworthy new products we played with during the Interbike demo days, including the DVO Emerald fork, the Thomson dropper post, and the Smith Optics Forefront helmet.
The Oakley Airbrake MX sets a new standard for biking goggles with interchangeable lenses.
Icebreaker’s Sprite is a great option for women who want a comfortable, breathable tank that works as well outside on the bike as it does when you’re lounging around the house.
The Index DH is an extremely well made, durable glove with the added protection of VPD armoring. Blister reviewer Noah Bodman calls it the “highest quality bike glove” he’s ever owned.
The Vibe jersey is Club Ride’s latest addition to their lineup. It’s as much a casual shirt as it is a technical piece of gear, and it works as well on the bike as it does in a local brewery.
The Club Ride New West Jersey and Cargo Away shorts work really well on trail. And you’ll probably wear them a whole bunch off the bike, too.
Redesigned for 2013, the Specialized Tactic helmet does everything well, and at a good price.
For biking, running, skiing, touring, or all of the above, the Icebreaker Blast jacket is a great first line of defense from the elements.
If you’re going to bother to make a belt, you really ought to get it right. Arcade has.
If you don’t want to look like either a roadie or a moto rider, the Club Ride Bolt jersey provides style without sacrificing technical performance.
Club Ride Half Rack Knickers: functional, well-designed mountain bike shorts, made in the USA. If you’re ready to rock man-pris, these are certainly worth a look.
Reviewer Kevin Bazar has a lot of gripes with kneepads. A lot. So calling the Lizard Skins Knee/Shin Combo Body Armor “good pads” is a ringing endorsement. We agree.
The Trabec is POC’s first lightweight, in-mold helmet designed for the XC/AM/Enduro market. It’s very well vented and offers good coverage, but its styling and colors might take some getting used to.